child welfare

Criminal Justice
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Moms in prison shouldn't lose rights to kids so quickly, some say

Nadine Miller, of Tacoma, holds her son Phinnix. She lost parental rights to her 3 older children.
Paula Wissel

Should going to prison mean losing your parental rights forever?  Legal advocates say that’s what’s been happening in Washington State, especially to women who are incarcerated.

Legal Voice and other groups are pushing a bill, HB1284, that would give judges more discretion in deciding whether to put children up for adoption when a mother or father is behind bars.

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